Am I Next? GEO losing private prison contracting in California in response to Governor’s phase out of private prisons.

Boca Raton, Florida-based GEO Group, supplying contractual privatized corrections, detention, and mental health treatment has announced that it will be laying off 130 employees on or around November 14, 2019. The largest work category to be laid off includes 84 correctional officers and 46 administrative and program employees located at the 700-bed McFarland, California private detention center. The proximate cause for the layoff was California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to inform the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that the state would be phasing out the use of private prisons. According to a state spokesperson, the need for such facilities has declined along with a more enlightened prison management system that is steadily reducing the state’s prison population.

It is also likely that the company may experience other layoffs at its California detention facilities as the State of California continues to battle ICE over the detention of illegal aliens.

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?